SIEGE OF LENINGRAD, 1941-1944

1.	This is the 900-daylong feast;
four horsemen at one table,
blood in their cups and their
bowls, while the people
eat babies and rats
in the street.

2.	Why is that when Mama
says my name, her mouth makes
the shape for the word ‘anguish’?

3.	A city becomes a cage;
the cage becomes a grave.
There are 500,000 angels
buried beneath the snow.
Their bones are showing through.
Their feet are black and bare.

4.	Desperate, we turn ourselves into animals,
howl at the moon, a resistant and lively
symphony. 
 

© Ren Iwamoto